Thursday, August 20, 2009

Fish Printing and Animal Drawing at the Zoo

I haven't had much time for posting this week; I have been teaching the Wild Artist Camp at the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium.

Yesterday was a very fun day for the campers. We started out by making prints off of fish. These were rubber fish, meant for printing. The art of Gyotaku was invented by Japanese fishermen in the 1800's. They would take a rubbing or print off of their catch to document it.

First, I tried out printing at home to get the hang of it.

This is the first print I made.

Note the real squid on the tray--I took a print of it too, but it was so messy and quickly falling apart that we decided not to use it. The students weren't that interested in touching it either.

Some of the student's work. They were very prolific in the mere 30 minutes we had for printing; each student made at least 3 prints.

Next, we hurried down to the outdoor theater to have an up close encounter with an Eagle Owl.

The best thing about the class is that every day the kids get to be close to and hear about a new animal and then draw it. Monday we had a skink in the classroom. Tuesday was an amazing tortoise, yesterday the owl, and today a macaw. Tomorrow we get to see a fruit bat.

Finally, we went to the marine mammal/rocky shores exhibit to hang out with the walruses. If you sit down by the glass then E.T. knows you are going to stay for a while and he comes out of the water to look at everyone and show off. Such a ham.

1 comment:

  1. Pretty cool class! I'm jealous there wasn't anything like this when I was a kid.